Police chief gives himself ticket after accidentally parking in handicap spot

Handicapped Parking sign
Handicapped Parking sign

A Wisconsin police officer surprised his entire department when he issued a parking ticket to someone they never expected ... himself.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gave himself the ticket after he accidentally parked his police vehicle in a handicapped spot for a Veterans Day ceremony at a war memorial on Wednesday.

Upon arrival, Clarke claimed he instructed another officer to move his squad car to another spot.

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Just as he would do to any other citizen, Clarke issued himself a parking citation. In a statement, the officer explained that what happened was "inexcusable":

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A county fine for this violation is $35. But Clarke went on to explain that because the city fine is higher, he has also donated $200 to an organization that works with people with disabilities.

Clarke closed out his statement with a promise to open an internal investigation to discover why his initial order was not followed.

SEE ALSO: Instead of giving a single mom a ticket, one Michigan cop bought her a car seat for her daughter:

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